Oscar 2007: No Country for Old Men Wins the WGA Award

February 9, 2008–Diablo Cody won the WGA's original screenplay award for Fox Searchlight's “Juno” and Ethan and Joel Coen have taken the adapted screenplay trophy for Miramaxs “No Country for Old Men.”

Codys tale of teen pregnancy topped the scripts for “Michael Clayton,” “The Savages,” “Lars and the Real Girl” and “Knocked Up.”

The Coen brothers' adaptation of Corman McCarthy's novel about a Texas crime spree won over the scripts for “There Will Be Blood,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “Into the Wild” and “Zodiac.”

NBC's “30 Rock,” HBO's “The Wire”, HBO's “The Sopranos,” NBC's “The Office” and AMC's “Mad Men” won the top TV series awards at the WGA Awards.

Announcements came Saturday evening at the “recognition reception” for the WGA Award nominees at the Broadway Millenium Hotel in New York. The WGA West cancelled its awards show because of the strike.

“30 Rock” won the comedy series award over “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Flight of the Conchords” and “The Office,” which won the kudo last year. “30 Rock” writers include Brett Baer, Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Dave Finkel, Daisy Gardner, Donald Glover, Matt Hubbard, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami Sagher and Ron Weiner.

“The Wire” won the drama series trophy over “Dexter,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Mad Men” and “The Sopranos,” which won the award last year. Writers for “The Wire” include Ed Burns, Chris Collins, Dennis Lehane, David Mills, George Pelecanos, Richard Price, David Simon and William F. Zorzi.

“The Office” took the comedy episode award for “The Job,” penned by Paul Liberstein & Michael Schur. “The Sopranos” won the outstanding episode award in drama series for “The Second Comiong,” penned by Terence Winter.

“Mad Men” took the new series award over “Damages,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “Pushing Daisies” and “The Sarah Silverman Program.” “Mad Men” writers include Lisa Albert, Bridget Bedard, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Tom Palmer, Chris Provenzano, Robin Veith and Matthew Weiner.

Hallmark's “Pandemic” won the longform original trophy for writers Bryce Zabel and Jackie Zabel. TNT's “The Company: A Story of the CIA” took the longform adaptation award for Ken Nolan, based on the novel by Robert Littell.

The awards event launched a few hours after the WGA East concluded a mostly upbeat membership meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel to review terms of the tentative WGA deal.

FILM AND TELEVISION AWARD WINNERS

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

JUNO, Written by Diablo Cody; Fox Searchlight

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, Screenplay by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, Based on the Novel

by Cormac McCarthy; Miramax

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, Written by Alex Gibney; THINKFilm

DRAMATIC SERIES

THE WIRE, Written by Ed Burns, Chris Collins, Dennis Lehane, David Mills, George

Pelecanos, Richard Price, David Simon, William F. Zorzi; HBO

COMEDY SERIES

30 ROCK, Written by Brett Baer, Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Dave

Finkel, Daisy Gardner, Donald Glover, Matt Hubbard, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami

Sagher, Ron Weiner; NBC

NEW SERIES

MAD MEN, Written by Lisa Albert, Bridget Bedard, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria

Jacquemetton, Tom Palmer, Chris Provenzano, Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner; AMC

EPISODIC DRAMA any length one airing time

THE SECOND COMING (THE SOPRANOS), Written by Terence Winter; HBO

EPISODIC COMEDY any length one airing time

THE JOB (THE OFFICE), Written by Paul Lieberstein & Michael Schur; NBC

LONG FORM ORIGINAL over one hour one or two parts, one or two airing times

PANDEMIC, Written by Bryce Zabel & Jackie Zabel; Hallmark Channel

LONG FORM ADAPTATION over one hour one or two parts, one or two airing times

THE COMPANY: A STORY OF THE CIA, Teleplay by Ken Nolan, Based on the novel by

Robert Littell; TNT

ANIMATION any length one airing time

KILL GIL VOLUMES 1&2 (THE SIMPSONS), Written by Jeff Westbrook; FOX

COMEDY/VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) SERIES

THE COLBERT REPORT, Written by Bryan Adams, Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Rich

Dahm, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Peter Grosz, Peter Gwinn, Barry Julien,

Jay Katsir, Laura Krafft, Frank Lesser, Tom Purcell, Allison Silverman; Comedy Central

(*Editors Note: There are no nominations this year in the Comedy/Variety Music, Awards,

Tributes Specials category.)

DAYTIME SERIALS

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, Written by Lynn Marie Latham, Scott Hamner, Jeff

Gottesfeld & Cherie Bennet, Bernard Lechowick, James Stanley, Natalie Minardi Slater,

Lynsey Dufour, Marina Alburger, Sara Bibel, Janice Ferri Esser, Eric Freiwald & Linda

Schreiber, Joshua McCaffrey, Sandra Weintraub; CBS

CHILDREN'S SCRIPT – EPISODIC & SPECIALS

LOOK WHOSE NOT TALKING (FLIGHT 29 DOWN), Written by D. J. MacHale; Discovery Kids

CHILDRENS SCRIPT- LONG FORM OR SPECIAL

JOHNNY KAPAHALA: BACK ON BOARD, Teleplay by Ann Austen & Douglas Sloan and Max

Enscoe & Annie deYoung, Story by Ann Austen & Douglas Sloan; Disney Channel

VIDEOGAME WRITING

DEAD HEAD FRED, Written by Dave Ellis and Adam Cogan, D3 Publisher

DOCUMENTARY CURRENT EVENTS

RETURN OF THE TALIBAN (FRONTLINE), Written by Martin Smith; PBS

DOCUMENTARY OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

BILLY STRAYHORN: LUSH LIFE (INDEPENDENT LENS), Written by Robert Levi and Robert

Seidman; PBS

TELEVISION NEWS REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN OR BREAKING

REPORT

AMISH SCHOOL SHOOTING (WORLD NEWS WITH CHARLES GIBSON), Written by Josh

Landis, Joel Siegel, Julia Kathan, Charles Gibson; ABC

TELEVISION NEWS ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE (GOOD MORNING, AMERICA), Written by Mary Pflum; ABC

RADIO AWARD WINNERS

RADIO DOCUMENTARY

GO WIRELESS, GET CONNECTED! ABCS TECHNOLOGY SURVIVAL GUIDE, Written by

Andrea Smith; ABC

RADIO NEWS REGULARLY SCHEDULED OR BREAKING

WORLD NEWS THIS WEEK, Written by Marianne J. Pryor; ABC

RADIO NEWS ANALYSIS, FEATURE OR COMMENTARY

PASSAGES, Written by Gail Lee; CBS

PROMOTION WRITING AND GRAPHIC ART AWARD WINNERS

TELEVISION ON-AIR PROMOTION

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: MINI-SERIES, THE BRADYS VS. THE DIMERAS, Written by

Judie Henninger; NBC

TELEVISION GRAPHIC ART

ONE PRICEY PANTS SUIT, William J. Hennessy Jr.; ABC News

TELEVISION GRAPHIC ANIMATION

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS . . . MATT LAUER: TEASE CAMPAIGN 2007, Joe Strobino and

Miranda Patterson; NBC